Books for Summer Reading

By Kaitlyn Spotts | February 22 2023 | General

Reading over the summer months helps students foster a love for independent reading and keeps their literacy skills strong. We’ve curated collections of fiction and nonfiction books including inspiring life stories, action-packed adventures, graphic novels, and more to give students the opportunity to recharge after a busy school year and read for fun.

Browse our elementary, middle, and high school summer reading lists!

A Printz Honor Winner!Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this highly acclaimed debut novel in verse.
$8.99 US
May 02, 2023
256 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books

I'm Still Here (Adapted for Young Readers)
Loving Myself in a World Not Made for Me
An adaptation of the powerful, New York Times bestselling account of growing up Black and female in America, completely rewritten with new stories for young readers.
$18.00 US
Apr 04, 2023
160 Pages
Convergent Books

What the Fireflies Knew
A Novel
AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEENow in paperback and in the vein of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, a coming-of-age novel told by almost-eleven-year-old Kenyatta Bernice (KB), as she and her sister try to make sense of their new life with their estranged grandfather in the wake of their father’s death and their mother’s disappearance.
$17.00 US
Feb 07, 2023
288 Pages
Tiny Reparations Books

The Color of the Sky Is the Shape of the Heart
Now in translation for the first time, the award-winning debut that broke literary ground in Japan explores diaspora, prejudice, and the complexities of a teen girl’s experience growing up as a Zainichi Korean, reminiscent of Min Jin Lee's classic Pachinko and Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street.
$10.99 US
Mar 07, 2023
168 Pages
Soho Teen

The Violin Conspiracy
A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club)
Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music world—when a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.
$17.00 US
Dec 06, 2022
368 Pages

Fast Pitch
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a challenging and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a softball player looking to prove herself on and off the field.
$8.99 US
Jan 03, 2023
208 Pages

The Lincoln Highway
A Novel
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER · Over ONE MILLION copies sold“Wise and wildly entertaining...permeated with light, wit, youth.” —The New York Times Book Review“A classic that we will read for years to come.” —Read With Jenna“A joyride...elegantly constructed and compulsively readable.” —NPRThe bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America
$19.00 US
Mar 21, 2023
592 Pages
Penguin Books

Klara and the Sun
A novel
Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
$18.00 US
Mar 01, 2022
320 Pages

The Gospel of Orla
A stunning debut novel from the Northern Irish poet Eoghan Walls.
$16.95 US
Mar 07, 2023
240 Pages
Seven Stories Press